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DANE COUNTY AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY



  Mailing Address:
  Dane County Area Genealogical Society
  PO Box 5652
  Madison, WI 53705-0652

Society e-mail address: widcags@gmail.com

Membership dues for the 2016-17 membership year:
  $23.00/year individual or $28.00/year family ($8.00 discount if you get the newsletter only by e-mail)
Go to our “Work in progress” new website to join or renew






This “old” website is being dismantled, piece by piece. If you don’t find the information you are looking for here, please go to the “new” DCAGS website, dcags.wildapricot.org.



Society Organizational Documents (PDF files)
  Plan of Merger (July 2006)
  Bylaws (initially adopted August 2006, amended October 2007, 5 April 2012, and 7 November 2013)
  Policy and Procedures Manual (last revised October 2007)


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Announcements of special interest to society members: 
Citing staffing issues, the Wisconsin State Vital Records Office announced in the fall of 2010 that they were suspending all search appointment opportunies from 1 October 2010 until at least 28 February 2011. This office did open again for onsite searches in March, but with a much tighter restriction than before on the frequency of search appointments. Each researcher is now restricted to four hours of on-site searching in a three-month period. Afternoon appointments are no longer available.

There will be tours of Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison given on 11 October 2015, sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. .

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2016 Gene-A-Rama conference on 8-9 April 2016 at the Plaza Hotel and Suites, 201 N. 17th Ave., Wausau, Wisconsin. Visit the WSGS website for further information.

Sally Jacobs, a local archivist who operates Jacobs Archival Services in Madison, has informed us that she has started a blog called “The Practical Archivist.” She describes it as “chock full of archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists and keepers of the family photo album – giving away some of my best photo archiving tips at no charge.”

Each spring and fall the Division of Library-Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society sponsors a series of genealogy classes; these usually meet on Saturday mornings in either the WHS Library in Madison or in the nearby Memorial Library. See Library-Archives Classes and Workshops for more detailed information. The six classes being offered in the fall of 2011 are “Genealogy is For Everyone” (17 September, Lori Bessler), “Ancestry.com” (22 October, Lori Bessler) [repeated 29 October], “Using Archival Collections” (12 November, Rick Pifer), “FamilySearch.org” (3 December, Lori Bessler), and “Online Genealogy” (10 December, Lori Bessler). Click on the title of any class for further details (time, fees, location, class coverage) about that class. Each class has separate registration, some may have limited enrollment. To register, download, print, fill-in, and mail the required registration form. Registration began 15 August 2011. A discount on the registration fee is offered to those who are members of either the Wisconsin Historical Society or the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

Are you a beginner at genealogy? Would you like to explore some (free) online guides to getting started in genealogy? Here’s one to try: Indexes to the RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees

Genealogy classes offered in the Dane County Area
Wisconsin Union Mini-courses
  Dates for next set of classes: three Tuesday evenings, (not given in fall 2013)
  Location: UW-Madison campus (specific location TBD)
  Instructor: Sherry Lloyd

Some other genealogical links of special interest: